Carlos D finally reveals why he left Interpol

The bassist left the band to become an actor back in 2010

Former Interpol bassist Carlos D has revealed why he left the band, claiming that had ‘had enough of this fucking rock star bullshit’.

Dengler parted ways with the NYC band after the completion but before the release of their self-titled fourth album in 2010, before pursuing a career as an actor.

He’d said feeling ‘bored while watching Coldplay‘ was when he had his realisation to leave the group, but now has given a lengthy, hour-long discussion about his final years with the band and his life since. Listen to the full interview below.


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“I was experiencing so much pain being in the band, being in the music industry,” he told Talk Music Talk. “I have to admit that I couldn’t help but to feel that the band was constraining a creative impulse. It wasn’t for lack of actually trying to make it work; it was still three tortuous years of trying to… I got sober and I said, ‘Okay, enough of this fucking rock star shit. Who am I really?’”

Frontman Paul Bank also said Dengler was ‘an asshole’ but ‘a genius’. Dengler later made his musical comeback during when he made an appearance playing bass on Late Night With Seth Myers.

Interpol are said to be working on the follow-up to 2014’s ‘El Pintor’, while Banks is touring his collaborative album with Wu Tang’s RZA – ‘Anything But Words’ by Banks & Steelz.